Did you know this past winter in Ontario was the darkest in 80 years?

The grey skies seemed to be never-ending, and I can’t specifically recall a day in the depths of winter when the sun was shining.

We didn’t even get the natural brightness that comes with a new snowfall very often. Despite a couple massive storms – particularly a four-day blizzard that made Christmas a cozy affair at home for most of us – followed by warm weather and rain, this winter didn’t even bring us a lot of snow, just more dreary skies.

It was an odd winter to say the least.

Despite the fact we haven’t jumped right from winter to summer – April threw a true spring at us with a mixed bag of temperatures – I think everyone in Grey/Bruce will be hoping for a long, hot summer. Having received some beautiful days early in April and into May, I think we may be on track to replenish our Vitamin D stores this summer.

We have another fantastic edition of Grey-Bruce Kids for you, this being the 12th summer issue we’ve published since launching in December 2011. Nicole Ballantine, a local registered dietician, shares her expertise about what intuitive eating is and how to encourage your children (and yourself) to adopt healthy dietary habits. Our friends at Grey and Bruce counties have teamed up to write about all the fun activities in our beautiful area that your family can experience this summer, while Alicia Gibbons has contributed a beautiful article about trusting your intuition and encouraging your children to do the same.

Grey Bruce Public Health also informs us about the growing concern of opioid use in our area, while local historian Mat Johnson shares his knowledge about the history of baseball from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, in St. Marys, Ont.

We all know summer seems fly by more quickly each year, with family trips, kids sports, barbecues, parties and the regular everyday tasks we do to keep a household running. It’s a challenge to sit back and soak it all in, but my hope for you this summer is that you find the time to slow down and enjoy it – Old Man Winter will return soon enough.



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